Frances Moffat — who took a hard-boiled rather than a fluff-filled approach to covering the society beat for the Examiner and later the Chronicle — has died at her son’s home in Albuquerque at age 95, the Chronicle reports today. Moffat left a note dated Jan. 2, 1969, on the back of this photograph that said, “Notice to my colleagues: In the event of my demise, election to high office, sentence to the pen, or any other story requiring a pix, I would prefer this to the others on hand …” (Photo credit: Chronicle, 1969)

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